As of 8/16/2021:

Car Pick Up: In order to provide safe arrival and departure of Clayton students, the following traffic patterns have been established for the front drop-off and pick-up of students before and after school.


  • Please pull forward as far as possible before dropping off or picking up. The first spot is located beyond the flag pole.

  • Please do not leave vehicles unattended. Students are expected to exit/enter vehicles without parent assistance in this lane during drop off and pick up.

  • ALL vehicles (with the exception of AISD busses) must turn RIGHT onto LaCrosse when exiting pick-up and drop-off loops from 2:00-3:30 p.m.. (No LEFT turns out of the school.)

  • Car Place cards are available each afternoon at pick up, please ask a staff member for one.

Afternoon Pick-Up

  • ALL cars enter in the front circle drive, the RIGHT side will veer to the BACK of the building and the LEFT side will curve to the FRONT circle drive

Kindergarten, 1st & 2nd and their Siblings 

  • Cars picking up these students will pick up in front of the school.

  • For dismissal, please use the CAR Clayton identification card and put your child’s name, grade level and teacher’s name on rear view window to better assist dismissal and traffic flow.

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade 

  • Students will wait for pick-up out the back doors.

  • Cars picking up these students will enter the circle drive and then turn right between the portable buildings and the first grade wing onto the Back Loop going behind the school.

  • Please form a single line. You should not pull around other cars in line.

  • Please pull forward all the way to the crosswalk at the back of the school.

  • Children will enter cars on the driver’s side only.

  • For dismissal, please use the CAR Clayton identification card and put your child’s name, grade level and teacher’s name on rear view window to better assist dismissal and traffic flow. For safety, please remove these cards from your window when you are not at dismissal.

Typical Drop-off

During morning arrival, all cars drive through the front lane only OR students/parents walk in and enter through designated morning arrival doors at the front or rear of the main hallway. Doors open daily at 7:15am beginning the second day of school.  For drivers, please be sure to pull all the way forward to the yellow line and have your Cardinals exit promptly and safely on the curb side.

Typical Pick-up

During normal dismissal, parents are asked to wait outside for students. Parents driving through the front or rear dismissal lanes should not exit their vehicles and should use the CAR name placards in vehicle rear view mirror.  Please advise other family members who may be picking up your child of this as well.

In addition, school property is part of the school zone. This is a hands-free mobile zone for anyone operating a motor vehicle. Per AISD policy and for the safety of our students, no pets are allowed on campus unless they are designated service animals.

Extreme Rainy Day Dismissal (Pre-COVID Instruction - please check Day of emails or Facebook posts for up to date instructions)

  • Students remain in their classrooms.

  • At first bell, parents go straight to hallways and classroom doors for pick up.

  • Children in after-school programs, those who ride AISD busses, or those who have special transportation (SPED) will be escorted by Clayton staff to the bus lane area at the side of the campus at 2:55pm

  • At 3:00pm the building will be open (front and rear doors) for parent pick up.

  • If a parent is picking up multiple children located in various areas in the building, they can request that the office call students down over the intercom to meet parents in the front office (starting at 3:00pm).

  • Parking. Parents may park in the front lane (sidewalk side only), on La Crosse Ave. in front of the school, at the Community Center, and on side streets such as Sky Rock. Spaces in the front lane will often open up after the first wave of cars has cleared out by 3:05pm. Sorry, no double parking or idling in the second lane. If no parking is available in front, then you will be required to drive through and find a different place to park. Hang in there.

  • We encourage you to work out carpools and possibly share neighbor pick up (especially if you have infants or toddlers), because parking will be very limited to the front and side streets as well as the community center. That is, a neighbor can drive through the front and circle around or find a parking place while another person enters the school to retrieve children.

  • Back lane of campus is closed.  During this extreme rainy day dismissal, the back lane of the campus will be closed to all but emergency vehicle traffic, as we cannot have parents park and leave cars there.

  • Please have your umbrellas and galoshes available for yourselves and your kiddos if needed.


We appreciate your patience and support as we attempt to keep our Cardinals safe during arrival and dismissal each day.